CHATSWORTH -- The last time Murray County High School football finished a season winless, a new coach took over the following season. That new coach was Chad Brewer, and since becoming the head man in 2013, Brewer has led the program to the most success since legendary coach Bill Napier roamed the sideline.
Last season was unkind to Murray, as the Indians finished 0-10, and Brewer said it didn't take long after the final game to realize he needed to make changes.
"As soon as the season ended last year we decided we needed to change," Brewer said. "We will make sure we change everything about our football program this year."
From modifying the practice schedule to adjusting where players are in the locker room, Brewer is hoping to revamp all aspects of the program. One of the more noticeable changes will be on the field where the Indians will transition from a spread offense to a flexbone, option attack. Brewer said the new offense will better suit the current roster, and said he isn't afraid to play more than one quarterback.
"Kaleb Jones will play quarterback, but Cade Petty will also play," Brewer said. "This change in offense really affected our depth chart, and we've really built a lot of depth at quarterback, but we're going to need them in this offense."
Davis Redwine will be back at running back after suffering an injury last season, and Brewer said a number of other players will receive carries as well. The Indians also adjusted their defense, moving from a three-man defensive front to a four-man defensive line.
The program is also in the midst of a facilities upgrade. The home sideline will shift to the opposite side of the field this season, and the players will stand in front of brand new bleachers and a new two-tiered press box facing Fort Mountain. Brewer said the football offices are also being renovated, and the program motto for the fall, "Be the change," is being felt at every level.
"The first thing we have to do is we have to practice better, and that starts with me," Brewer said. "Every rep is valuable and we have to take those reps more serious."
Murray County will participate in a one-day camp at Northwest Whitfield this summer, and go on an overnight camp later this summer to Camp Agape in Benton, Tennessee. Brewer said this is the first overnight camp the Murray County football players have been a part of. He added that the players are already looking forward to the experience.
The Indians will have a more favorable schedule this season as well, with six of their 10 regular season games scheduled as home games, not including a preseason scrimmage which will also be at home.
Brewer was full of energy at Wednesday's practice and kept coming back to one word while discussing the upcoming season.
"You'll hear me say this a lot, but change is what we're all about. When you go 0-10 I think you have to do something," Brewer said. "We've devoted a lot more time to tackling and individual drills, and we're moved the more physical stuff to the end of practice. We've wanted to build our depth this spring and I think we've done that. Right now we're running with about 70 guys and if spring practice ended today, I'd be very pleased."
Murray County travels to Northwest Whitfield for its spring game on Friday at 7 p.m.